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The Editor's Dilemma

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

in Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833124
eISBN:
9781469604619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899243_sklaroff.7
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses a speech delivered to the National Negro Congress by renowned writer and poet Sterling Brown, in which he relayed the many obstacles facing black authors: “The Negro writer is ... More


Committing Mayhem on the Body Grammatic: The Federal Writers’ Project, the American Guide, and Representations of Black Identity

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the creation of the Federal Writers’ Project and the American Guide Series during the New Deal. It covers hiring practices, the structure and organization of the FWP, and the ... More


The Everybody Who’s Nobody: Black Employees in the Federal Writers’ Project

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines African Americans’ employment within the FWP and the WPA’s Federal Arts Projects by looking at critiques in the Negro Press Digest, a weekly compilation of articles in the black ... More


Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Catherine A. Stewart

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

From 1936 to 1939, the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration collected life stories from more than 2,300 former slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to ... More


Epilogue: Freedom Dreams: The Last Generation

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

The concluding chapter offers a powerful summary of the ex-slaves’ relationship to history and also looks at what happened to the central figures involved with the Federal Writers’ Project, including ... More


Art as a Weapon

Sharon Ann Musher

in Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226247182
eISBN:
9780226247212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226247212.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Federal patronage rarely fosters controversial art, but a number of polemical works did emerge under federal sponsorship. This chapter examines how three art projects–the Federal Theatre Project ... More


Follow Me through Florida: Florida’s Negro Writers’ Unit, the Ex-Slave Project, and The Florida Negro

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the methods African American employees on the Florida Project adopted in order to establish their authority within the Federal Writers’ Project. Florida was one of the earliest ... More


Introduction

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introductory chapter outlines the goals and challenges of the Federal Writers’ Project’s endeavor during the 1930s to collect the ex-slave narratives, and examines a ghost story one ex-slave ... More


Out of the Mouths of Slaves: The Ex-Slave Project and the “Negro Question”

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter relates how the Federal Writers’ Project decided to conduct and collect interviews with ex-slaves. It closely examines federal and state directors’ administrative correspondence ... More


Rewriting the Master(’s) Narrative: Signifying in the Ex-Slave Narratives

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

Turning to the ex-slave narrators,this chapterdemonstrates how they employed African American oral traditions like signifying to create counter-narratives of black history and identity. This chapter ... More


The Passing Away of the Old-Time Negro: Folk Culture, Civil War Memory, and Black Authority in the 1930s

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter places the Federal Writers’ Project’s mission to collect and document African American history and culture within the larger context of the 1930s. National interest in black folk culture ... More


Stories Retold, Memories Remade

Nina Silber

in This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646541
eISBN:
9781469646565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The chapter considers how traditional ways of remembering the Civil War began to shift as fewer of the war’s participants – soldiers and civilians – were still alive. Important new actors helped ... More


Conjure Queen: Zora Neale Hurston and Black Folk Culture

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter provides a comparative look at Zora Neale Hurston’s brief career as a trained anthropologist and her experiences with the Federal Writers’ Project as a member of Florida’s segregated ... More


Peculiar Forms of Aging in the Literature of US Slavery

Sari Edelstein

in Adulthood and Other Fictions: American Literature and the Unmaking of Age

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198831884
eISBN:
9780191869716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831884.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The second chapter examines slavery’s distorting effects on age. It reveals how racism and slavery operate through age, buttressing a system that distributed maturity, and humanity, according to an ... More


America Eats: The Making of a Sensory Archive

Camille Bégin

in Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040252
eISBN:
9780252098512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040252.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the America Eats project and delves into why and how the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) began searching for America's regional cuisines. The narrative explores how, in New ... More


Slaves of the Depression

Nina Silber

in This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646541
eISBN:
9781469646565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The language of slavery reverberated over the course of the Depression, with many Americans describing their working and living conditions in these years as something akin to slavery. Yet the ... More


Romance of the Homemade

Camille Bégin

in Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040252
eISBN:
9780252098512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040252.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the Federal Writers' Project's (FWP) sensory nostalgia for regional food as a cathartic reaction to the standardization of taste triggered by the industrialization of the U.S. ... More


A Writer of Revolutionary Potential: Chester Himes and Black Noir

Brian Dolinar

in The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032691
eISBN:
9781617032707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032691.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter looks at Chester Himes, who started publishing short stories while in prison. After his release in 1936, however, it became apparent that short story writing was not enough to make a ... More


Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for America's Food

Camille Bégin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040252
eISBN:
9780252098512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040252.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

During the Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) dispatched scribes to sample the fare at group eating events like church dinners, political barbecues, and clambakes. Its America Eats ... More


Constructing G. I. Joe Louis

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

in Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833124
eISBN:
9781469604619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899243_sklaroff.8
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that the war initiated new forms of government-sponsored culture on radio and film, which made program administrators much more wary of the kinds of projects they would develop. ... More


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